Understanding Your Illness: The Flu or The Common Cold?

Get healthcare advice from your family doctor in Amarillo, TX

If you're feeling ill, you may be wondering whether you caught the flu or just the common cold. Both are viruses and cannot be treated with antibiotics, but understanding the difference can help you decide when to seek medical care at a health clinic in Amarillo, TX.

At Amarillo Family Healthcare & Weight Loss, we define the two illnesses this way:

The flu: This is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a specific virus or viruses that affect the nose, throat and lungs.
The common cold: This illness can be caused by many different viruses. It's normally a mild illness that resolves in one to two weeks.

At Amarillo Family Healthcare & Weight Loss, we can determine what illness you have and recommend appropriate treatment options. Call our office at 806-418-6886 now for an appointment with your family doctor.

What are the symptoms of the flu and the common cold?

What are the symptoms of the flu and the common cold?

The professionals at Amarillo Family Healthcare & Weight Loss aim to provide families with the best medical care possible. Consider these symptoms of the common cold and the flu when deciding whether to visit our health clinic:

Symptoms of the flu:

  • Fever or feeling feverish with chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea

Symptoms of the common cold:
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Headaches
  • Body aches

If you suspect you have the flu and your symptoms do no improve within a few days, make an appointment with your family doctor in Amarillo, TX.